Maintenance of Certification (MOC)


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What is Maintenance of Certification (MOC)?

MOC is a process of physician certification maintenance through one of the 24 approved medical specialty boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

The Program for MOC incorporates the six ABMS/ACGME Core Competencies of Practice-based Learning and Improvement; Patient Care and Procedural Skills; Systems-based Practice; Medical Knowledge; Interpersonal and Communication Skills; and Professionalism. The Program for MOC has an integrated four-part framework that addresses the following:

  1. Part I: Professional Standing and Professionalism
  2. Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
  3. Part III: Assessment of Knowledge, Skills, and Judgment
  4. Part IV: Improvement in Medical Practice


MOC by Medical Specialties 

Although the 24 Medical Specialty Boards under the American Board of Medical Specialties utilize the same principle for MOC it is important to check the specific requirements posted under each different Board.  

  • Maintenance of Certification Comparison Chart – This chart lists MOC requirements for each of the 24 specialty boards under the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and what reciprocating credits are offered if you are certified in more than one specialty. (Updated May 2019)


MOC and BTE   

What is Bridges to Excellence?

Bridges to Excellence website – Browse the BTE website for more detailed information on the program.

Some specialty boards have a combination program that will allow physicians to participate in the BTE Recognition program as well as receive component four MOC points. 

For example:

  • The American Board of Internal Medicine has an approved BTE-Diabetes Practice Improvement Module (PIM) that will allow physicians to participate in both programs simultaneously. 
  • If you have already completed the BTE Recognition process you can also submit your data to ABIM using the Self Directed or Completed Project PIM to enter the data you have already collected.